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I have a picture "erased" the background and now need to

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i have a picture "erased" the background and now need to soften the edges so i can insert into a flyer but can't seem to figure out how to do it in photoshop cs6
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Kris R replied 9 months ago.

How's it going.
Let me read of your question. Give me a minute.

Expert:  Kris R replied 9 months ago.

What OS are you ruining?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
windows 10
Expert:  Kris R replied 9 months ago.

Can you explain by soften?

You mean blur?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
are you a photoshop expert?
that's what i need
not a computer hardware engineer
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
you are not even in the ball park
i need software
Expert:  Andrew James replied 9 months ago.


Did you get this sorted out? If not.. I assume you're looking for feathering or a similar method in CS6. Feathering is probably the easiest way to soften the edges if you're worried about how it will look when moved to your flyer.

1) You will need to start by creating a selection around the image that is left over.

2) Then choose Select -> Feather ... (Or it's Select -> Modify -> Feather)

3) Pick the pixel count you want to feather and that should soften your edges. .. The larger the number, the more blurred the edges. I would expect you want something more subtle, so try something like 0.5 or 1.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I had already tried that on my own and it didn't work
Expert:  Andrew James replied 9 months ago.

Is that generally the effect you're looking for? (I mean, had it worked).

And what happens when you attempt that? Will help me in figuring out what may have gone wrong and where and what other options there are.

Expert:  Andrew James replied 9 months ago.

Your other option is the refine edge tool, which gives you pretty granular options overall.

Control+alt+r on windows to get it to pop up. Same thing, make sure you're on the layer you need to edit, and make sure you select the object first. Choose Smart Radius, makes life easier as it determines more about the edge for you.

From there you have multiple edging options.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
nothing is working for me. I have done this many times and for this picture nothing is working
i have attached the picture. i just want the edges around the kids to be able to "feather""Blur" whatever the term so that when I insert into the flyer as a .png is just looks nice